\ ˈwȯrm How to pronounce warm (audio) \

Definition of warm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having or giving out heat to a moderate or adequate degree warm weather a warm fire
b : serving to maintain or preserve heat especially to a satisfactory degree a warm sweater
c : feeling or causing sensations of heat brought about by strenuous exertion
2 : comfortably established : secure
3a : marked by strong feeling : ardent
b : marked by excitement, disagreement, or anger the argument grew warm
4 : marked by or readily showing affection, gratitude, cordiality, or sympathy a warm welcome warm regards
5 : emphasizing or exploiting sexual imagery or incidents
6 : accompanied or marked by extreme danger or duress
7 : newly made : fresh a warm scent
8 : having the color or tone of something that imparts heat specifically : of a hue in the range yellow through orange to red
9 : near to a goal, object, or solution sought not there yet but getting warm


warmed; warming; warms

Definition of warm (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make warm
2a : to infuse with a feeling of love, friendship, well-being, or pleasure
b : to fill with anger, zeal, or passion
3 : to reheat (cooked food) for eating often used with over
4 : to make ready for operation or performance by preliminary exercise or operation often used with up

intransitive verb

1 : to become warm
2a : to become ardent, interested, or receptive usually used with to or toward warmed to the idea
b : to become filled with affection or love used with to or toward
3 : to experience feelings of pleasure : bask
4 : to become ready for operation or performance by preliminary activity often used with up



Definition of warm (Entry 3 of 3)

: warmly usually used in combination warm-clad

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Other Words from warm


warmish \ ˈwȯr-​mish How to pronounce warm (audio) \ adjective
warmness \ ˈwȯrm-​nəs How to pronounce warm (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for warm

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of warm in a Sentence

Adjective Be sure to keep warm when you go outside. We sat by the fire to stay warm. It's too warm in here. We should open a window. The sunshine was warm on my face. We were met with a warm welcome. She has a warm and friendly nature. The letter was signed, “warmest regards.” She gave us each a long, warm hug. Keep going; you're getting warm. Verb He warmed his hands in front of the fire. We warmed ourselves by the fire. Air rises when it warms.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Her voice, which is still warm and rich, adds rare depth to those artists’ words, and the record’s ambient music — performed by Ellis, Cave, Brian Eno, cellist Vincent Ségal, and producer-engineer Head — only heightens the words. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "The Last Word: Marianne Faithfull on Fame’s Dark Side and the Evolution of ‘As Tears Go By’," 30 Apr. 2021 The coldest guy on Earth is actually warm and balmy, like a summer shower. Washington Post, "Gene Weingarten: Consider this my application to ghostwrite Mike Pence’s autobiography," 29 Apr. 2021 Indian Hills home is warm, welcoming, and full of mementos and artifacts from friends, family, and her travels. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This Colonial Indian Hills home is made for Kentucky Derby parties," 29 Apr. 2021 But the spring is mild, and the summer is warm; however, with important day and night temperature differences which give the wines both freshness and finesse. Per And Britt Karlsson, Forbes, "Wines From Mount Etna, A New Adventure For Sicilian Wine Producer Donnafugata," 28 Apr. 2021 Now the weather outside was warm, which meant the audito- rium was near stifling. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Read the first three chapters of Kathy Wang's new spy thriller Impostor Syndrome," 27 Apr. 2021 So while sustained speeds of 25 mph are expected and gusts of 35 mph are possible, the wind will be warm and deliver higher temperatures throughout the day. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago forecast: Windy warmup Monday, near-record high temperatures expected Tuesday," 26 Apr. 2021 But Virginia didn’t work out; their location was too remote, the climate was too warm and one hungry deer, that ate their whole crop, persuaded the couple to try their luck elsewhere. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "You can soon stroll through 300,000 tulips and pick your own bouquet at this Connecticut farm," 25 Apr. 2021 But the atmosphere inside the station is surprisingly warm. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "Meet the Hairstylist Behind the Haircuts in Antarctica's McMurdo Station," 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some communities may see breaks in the clouds and temperatures that warm into the 60s, but afternoon breezes could be strong and keep temperatures down even with sun breaks. oregonlive, "Portland Wednesday weather: Blue skies, bright sun; high 75," 28 Apr. 2021 In contrast, high cloud layers tend to enable a planet to warm more easily, the team notes. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, "High-Altitude Clouds Likely Enabled Early Lakes And Rivers On Mars," 28 Apr. 2021 Temperatures are poised to warm on Friday, which is likely to be sunny with a high near 64, but there could be a rainy weekend ahead. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "Snow flurries in Baltimore? Chilly Thursday will give way to warmer temperatures, forecasters say," 22 Apr. 2021 Note that temps will warm from the low/mid 40s in the morning to the mid 50s in the afternoon. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Saturday," 9 Apr. 2021 Saturday is still on the cooler side with highs near 60, while Sunday highs should warm to near 70 Saturday night. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Rain developing midday today; gusty winds tomorrow with wind chills in the 30s," 31 Mar. 2021 The research shows that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by humans burning fossil fuels have warmed up our planet, causing the oceans to warm and glaciers to melt. Jackson Dill And Brandon Miller, CNN, "Sea-level rise is accelerating to its highest levels in at least 2,000 years across the Northeast, including New York City, study says," 26 Mar. 2021 Phoenix is expected to warm back up and remain in the lower 70s Wednesday through Saturday before reaching the 80s once again Sunday morning. Jamie Landers, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix area could see thunderstorms, strong winds, blowing dust Tuesday evening," 23 Mar. 2021 So if your striving to find the perfect gift to warm her heart, go for it. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Most Stylish Accessories," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This table-and-chairs set is just the right amount of rustic, and white enamelware pops when set atop the warm-toned wood. Angela Serratore, Country Living, "5 Summer-Ready Patio Looks (And The Furniture and Decor To Make It Happen)," 8 Apr. 2021 Some of the key traits that allowed dinosaurs to be such an evolutionary success story—from fuzzy feathers to warm-running metabolisms—may have first evolved in their tiny ancestors. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Top Ten Dinosaur Discoveries of 2020," 23 Dec. 2020 And while some of us are staying warm inside, others are soaking up the rays somewhere hot, like Lil Nas X. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Emily Ratajkowksi, Lil Nas X, and More," 19 Dec. 2020 Each room features large steel windows that allow in plenty of light, and the ceilings are adorned with a warm-toned wood that catches the eye. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "This Old Highland Park home includes impressive architectural details and a massive closet," 12 Dec. 2020 This fully lined snowsuit with a water-resistant polyester shell will help keep the little one wrapped up warm—and the snaps, zippers, and adjustable buckles help ease the hassle of putting on snow clothes. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 6 Nov. 2020 For example, some species that expand into poleward regions as waters warm may imperil local fisheries, Genner says. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Ocean Species Are Shifting toward the Poles," 27 Mar. 2020 The meteorologist said a ridge of high pressure to Idaho’s southeast is what’s keeping temperatures warm here, along with causing thunderstorms, particularly in the Magic Valley. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Boise is feeling the heat: Saturday temperatures hit a record high for the date," 9 July 2017

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First Known Use of warm


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warm


Middle English, from Old English wearm; akin to Old High German warm warm and probably to Lithuanian virti to cook, boil

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“Warm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warm. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of warm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: somewhat hot : not cool or cold
: causing or allowing you to feel warm
: feeling or showing friendship and affection



English Language Learners Definition of warm (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become warm or to make (someone or something) warm


\ ˈwȯrm How to pronounce warm (audio) \
warmer; warmest

Kids Definition of warm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : somewhat hot warm milk
2 : giving off a little heat a warm stove
3 : making a person feel heat or experience no loss of body heat warm clothing
4 : having a feeling of warmth His hands are warm.
5 : showing strong feeling a warm welcome
6 : newly made : fresh a warm scent
7 : near the object sought Keep going, you're getting warm.
8 : of a color in the range yellow through orange to red

Other Words from warm

warmly adverb


warmed; warming

Kids Definition of warm (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make or become warm
2 : to give a feeling of warmth
3 : to become more interested than at first They began to warm to the idea.
warm up
1 : to exercise or practice lightly in preparation for more strenuous activity or a performance
2 : to run (as a motor) at slow speed before using

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